For release: November 1, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Celebrated Egyptologist Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith will visit the University of Memphis
for two very different lectures. The first, sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian
Art and Archaeology and the Department of History, will be the fourth annual William
J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Manning Hall Auditorium. A reception will precede the lecture at
6:30 p.m. in the Manning Hall lobby.
For the second, Smith, who served as a consultant on ancient Egyptian language and
culture for the movies Stargate, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns, will share his behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories in “Secrets of the Stargate”
Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Manning Hall Auditorium. This lecture is presented by the Egyptology
Graduate Student Association and Student Activities Funds.
Both events are free and open to the public.
In the Murnane lecture, Smith, a professor of anthropology at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, will present “Revenge of the Kushites! Egyptianization, Cultural Entanglements,
and the Emergence of the Nubian Pharaohs,” an illustrated lecture focusing on his
archaeological research along the Sudanese Nile. His research centers on the civilizations
of ancient Egypt and Nubia in the Sudan. He recently conducted excavations in Sudan
as part of an international rescue effort to salvage archaeological remains threatened
by the new Khartoum dam on the Nile River.
Smith is especially interested in imperialism and cultural contact between Egypt and
its southern neighbors. He has worked on several archaeological expeditions to Egypt,
including the Nile Delta, Middle Egypt, and Luxor’s Theban necropolis.
For more information, call the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at 901-678-2555.